The DAP man wants Pakatan parties to ensure Mahathir is given a safe seat in GE14

KUALA LUMPUR: Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has taken PKR to task over its failure to fully back Pakatan Harapan’s decision to name Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the pact’s prime ministerial candidate.

Zaid, now a DAP member, continued with his criticism towards Pakatan and PKR by saying that selfish attitude will not bring victory.

“To me, PKR looks like a stumbling block to a unified position for the Pakatan Harapan team, even with regard to choice of captain, despite the fact that the whistle has been blown.

“I still think that ignoring Selangor PKR makes sense, and this will allow the other three parties in Pakatan Harapan to have other options on seat allocation,” he said in his blog posting today.

He was referring to Selangor PKR’s decision to openly reject Mahathir as Pakatan’s PM. It must be noted that Selangor PKR is led by PKR deputy president and Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali.

Zaid also said that the seats allotted to PPBM were difficult seats, and suggested that a fresh look at the seat allocation was necessary.

Pakatan has agreed to allocate 52 seats for PPBM to contest in Peninsular Malaysia – the most among Pakatan parties – but most of these seats are against Umno’s traditional strongholds.

He gave the example of the three seats PPBM and Pakatan chairman Mahathir may opt to contest – Langkawi, Putrajaya or Kubang Pasu.

“These are not the constituencies that can give Pakatan any certainty of having him as their prime minister, unless they are not very concerned about his chance of winning in the first place,” he said.

He added that in Kubang Pasu, Umno delegates had no qualms to abandon Mahathir who, as a former Umno president, only wanted to be a delegate at the Umno general assembly in 2006.

“He was defeated. Do you think that, with sufficient ‘incentives’, these Umno warriors will have any problem abandoning him again?”

He said that in Putrajaya, civil servants and teachers were unlikely to back Mahathir.

“If Pakatan leaders aren’t bothered about the risks to Mahathir, then I say to them that they are selfish, and selfishness will not bring victory.

“They should have allotted safer seats to those leaders they want to lead the country, regardless of which party that person belongs to,” he added.

Zaid also said that PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin must also be protected and given a safer seat than Pagoh.

“He might win Pagoh easily for all I know, but because of the history of Umno Malays, we cannot take that for granted.”

Aiming a low blow at PKR, Zaid stressed that DAP, Amanah and PPBM must safeguard Mahathir and Muhyiddin, as well as Amanah leaders by allocating them seats that are more winnable.

“Agreeing on the number of seats each party can contest doesn’t amount to much, but we must agree to sacrifice some safe seats so that leaders of the team in the battle against Najib Razak will have a fighting chance to make the battle count for something,” he said.

He ended his blog entry by saying that he does not believe that the parties in Pakatan were so generous as to even consider his views, “but since I have completed this piece, I will post it anyway”.